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Review: Phonics Munch – Letterstone Park iPad App

Review of Phonics Munch - Letterstone Park iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 3.9 In Phonics Munch, you get to take care of Chomper, a little bear who likes to eat letters and rhyming objects. This is a fun game to help kids learn their letter sounds, and it’s cute to boot! It’s hard to navigate, especially if you can’t read, but most preschoolers can […]

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Review: 123 Find It! iPad App

Review of 123 Find it! iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 1-2-3 Find It! is an hidden object-style iPad game that can be played by very young children (even under age 2, with help!). The point of the game is to find and tap objects hidden in a scene. When you find them all, you win! It’s a simple concept, and a […]

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Review: Pan: The Fearless Beribolt iPad app

Review of Pan: The Fearless Beribolt iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 3.4 Pan, the Fearless Beribolt is an interactive adventure story about a purple panda-bear like creature named Pandora, who lives with her clan, the Beribolts, in the clouds. Pan is a bit rambunctious, and tends to get into trouble with the Beribolt elders. Preschoolers can relate to her — but she doesn’t […]

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Review: Tizzy Driving Adventure iPad App

Review of Tizzy Driving Adventure iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 In Tizzy Driving Adventure, kids can get behind the wheel of a virtual car (with camping trailer attached) and take a little “road trip” through eight different toddler-friendly activities. We like the illustrations and focus on the outdoors, but “driving” has some challenges for three-year-olds, even when they can reach all […]

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Review: Happy Draw Bug iPad App

Review of Happy Draw Bug iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 Happy Draw Bug is an iPad app that helps kids draw objects and trace letters and symbols by following a little worm-like bug with their finger. It’s good for young kids who don’t feel they can draw, but want the experience of creating pictures themselves. It’s not particularly sophisticated, but not […]

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Review: Who Stole The Moon? iPad App

Review of Who Stole the Moon? iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Who Stole the Moon is a calm and beautifully illustrated storybook and activity app where our protagonist, a boy named Bertie, tries to find out (you guessed it) who stole the moon when it’s no longer visible through his skylight. The app includes a story, four games/activities, and eight different songs. […]

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Review: Loopy Lost His Lettuce iPad App

Review of Loopy Lost his Lettuce iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.1 If you’ve been following the Picky Kids for a while, you’ll know we enjoy kids apps that look unique. (We can only handle so many cartoony and primary colored graphics!) Loopy Lost his Lettuce certainly fits that category; the crocheted artwork and the promise of an interactive story were what drew […]

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Review: Leo’s Pad iPad App

Review of Leo's Pad iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 Leo’s Pad is an ambitious project that presents a ton of learning activities in interactive video-like animations on the iPad. The videos are formatted almost like TV shows, and are called (quite appropriately) “Appisodes.” We tested Appisodes 1 and 2, and the preview for Appisode 3. They’re quite well done — […]

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Review: Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden iPad App

Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden iPad app review

Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 Summer is almost here, and we have gardening on our minds! So to prepare the Picky Kids for gardening in our tiny urban plot, we picked up Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden for the iPad to help us get in the spirit. In this app, kids can help grow and harvest different […]

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Review: Ladybug Number Count iPad App

Ladybug Number Count iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 3.5 Ladybug Number Count is our new favorite counting game for kids ages 2 and under. We love the photography, and the playful way the the ladybugs “hide” (just barely) makes them irresistible for young toddlers. The downside is that this feels like a “baby game”, so older kids (ahem, three and […]

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Review: You and Me: We’re Opposites iPad App

You and Me: We're Opposites iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 In You and Me: We’re Opposites, young kids can learn fourteen different pairs of opposite words by listening to an interactive book, watching a music video, and playing a simple game. The opposites are illustrated by brightly colored animals, and while this simple app has some weak points, it also has […]

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Review: Monkey Math School Sunshine iPad App

Review: Monkey Math School Sunshine iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 In Monkey Math School Sunshine, preschoolers can learn math concepts at the beach with an energetic monkey. We love the activities and concepts presented in this game, and it’s been a popular one in our house. It’s great she’s learning math, but we get a bit tired of the choppy and […]

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Review: Preschool Fun iPad App

Review: Preschool Fun iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.0 We try to purchase apps that we think will be good ones — that’s why you see generally positive (though, we admit, picky!) feedback in our reviews. Unfortunately, in the case of Preschool Fun, we failed. Preschool Fun has lots of learning activities that would be good for preschoolers, but it’s […]

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Review: Creativium iPad App

Creativium iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.3/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.3 Creativium is a colorful and calm exploratory app based on the concept of a paper theater. If you’re looking for an app to engage in free-form imaginative play, or for a toddler simply to explore by tapping, Creativium is worth looking at. However, it’s likely to disappoint children who expect more […]

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Review: Jungle Picnic iPad App

Jungle Picnic iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 In Jungle Picnic, kids learn “proto-math” concepts in three engaging activities starring exotic animals. (Never mind that zebras and giraffes don’t normally live in jungles.) One of the reasons we downloaded this app was that it advertised activities embedded into an “engaging narrative.” ¬†As it turns out, the activities are so […]

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